The Re:Sound Festival of New and Experimental Music and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch in Cleveland This Week


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The start of June brings a handful of the world’s most talented guitarists to Cleveland for the annual Cleveland International Guitar Festival from June 6 through June 9 in Mixon Hall at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Hear the twelve participating artists and ensembles in five concerts, nine masterclasses, demonstrations, and lectures galore.

Colin Davin (USA) kicks off the Festival with a program of Reich, Bach, and the Cleveland premiere of a piece by David Crowell at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 6. Other highlights include a program ranging from traditional Chinese music to Debussy and de Falla performed by Xuefei Yang (China) at 8:00 pm on Friday, June 7, and Jason Vieaux (USA) playing Scarlatti, Bach, Albéniz, and Martin at 8:00 pm on Saturday, June 8. Check our Concert Listings for a full Festival schedule.

The Re:Sound Festival of New and Experimental Music is back after its inaugural success last year with an exciting lineup of artists that push the boundaries of musical adventure. This year’s schedule, which runs June 6 through 9 at a variety of locations, starts off Thursday night at 7:30 pm at Negative Space Gallery with Chicago-based saxophone quartet ~Nois, Cleveland’s Miralia/Stranahan Duo, and Detroit’s art-rock quartet saajtak. Tickets available here.

The Festival continues at The Magalen on Friday, June 7 with an 8:00 pm concert featuring Berrow Duo, a New York City-based chamber ensemble of flute and cello, and the Boston-based string trio Sound Energy. Other exciting acts are packed into the weekend’s roster (full schedule here) before the finale on Sunday, June 9 at 4:00 pm at the Bop Stop. Cleveland’s homegrown new music ensemble No Exit performs works by the CoLab project’s up-and-coming composers. The concert also features ParkJones, a collaboration between composers Joo Won Park (Detroit) and Molly Jones (Chicago), and pianist Ju-Ping Song (Lancaster, PA).

Apollo’s Fire heads to the countryside with their June 6-10 concerts, “Far Beyond the Sea.” The Early Folk Band (Gesine Bänfer, Ian Harrison, and Steven Player) will join Amanda Powell, soprano, Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer, Brian Kay, lute, guitar, gourd banjo, and long-neck dulcimer in a program exploring folk ballads and other early music from the Old World. The fun starts at the Baroque Music Barn in Hunting Valley, and other performances take place in Avon Lake and Bath. Check our Concert Listings for details. Tickets are available online.

The Jupiter String Quartet returns to the ENCORE Chamber Music festival with two concerts exploring this year’s theme, “La Bohème: Art and Freedom.” They’ll play Puccini’s Chrysanthemums, Janáček’s Quartet No. 1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”), and Dvořák’s Quartet No. 13 in G on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 pm at the Tudor House at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills. On Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 pm, also at the Tudor House, they will join a student group, Quatour Lafontaine, for Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat. Both single tickets and season passes to ENCORE are still available.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra celebrates its upcoming European tour with a sendoff concert on Friday, June 7 at 8:00 pm at Severance Hall. Vinay Parmareswaren conducts a robust program of John Adams’ The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra, Bartók’s Dance Suite, and Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Symphony No. 2 in D. The concert is free, but tickets are required.

The Cleveland International Piano Competition Concert Series brings back 2001’s first prize winner Roberto Plano for a concert with the Omni Quartet (Yung-Min Amy Lee, violin, Alicia Koelz, violin, Joanna Zakany, viola, and Charles Bernard, cello) on Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 pm at CIM’s Kulas Hall. Together they’ll present Brahms’ Piano Quintet in f, and Plano will play solo works by Respighi, Liszt, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, and Ginastera. Tickets are available online.

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